TEMPLE HILLS, MD (June 18, 2010) - Demonstrating his commitment to reducing sprawl and increasing transit ridership, Governor Martin O'Malley today named 14 Maryland transit stations as designated sites for transit-oriented development (TOD) including seven in the Baltimore region and seven in the Washington region. Appearing at the Naylor Road Metro Station in Prince George's County with Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards and County Executive Jack B. Johnson, Governor O'Malley outlined the importance of the TOD designation and the fact that these stations will be priorities for state development assistance.
"By formally designating these 14 transit stations as TOD sites, the resources of the Maryland Department of Transportation and other State agencies can be used to assist in the development and construction of a project, where appropriate," said Governor O'Malley. "Focusing future growth around our existing transit stations will contribute to our goal of creating walkable, sustainable communities while preserving our open space."
"It is a pleasure to help Governor O'Malley bring his vision of leveraging our investment in transit in a way that is good for the environment and that is key to maintaining future economic growth statewide," Lt. Governor Brown said. "As a proud Prince Georgian, it is great to see a focus on projects in my home county that has more than 2,500 acres of undeveloped land surrounding the county's Metro Stations."
The specific benefits of the TOD designation include:
- financing opportunities through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation;
- prioritization of State assistance by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other agencies on the Governor's Smart Growth Subcabinet, including housing and economic development;
- predevelopment planning and feasibility analysis funded by MDOT; and
- priority consideration for the location of State offices and laboratories.
In April 2008, working with the legislature, Governor O'Malley signed into law legislation that put transit communities on equal footing with other transportation funding priorities and removed roadblocks to the use of state resources and land for transit-oriented development. It also cleared the way for the State to designate TOD projects and to use MDOT's property and resources to support mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly development around existing and future transit stations.
The TOD designation also positions Maryland projects so that they can benefit from the federal government's new policy emphasis on sustainability. Transit-oriented development creates retail, residential, office and entertainment space within a one-half-mile distance of a transit center. This creates vibrant, walkable communities that have convenient access to transit. Recent research from across the country has shown people, who live or work in a transit-oriented development, are three to five times more likely to use transit and to reduce the number of trips taken by automobile.
The financial benefits of transit use versus driving a car are outlined in a recent report by the American Public Transportation Association. When factoring in the cost of gas, car ownership and parking, the report states the average savings for an individual using transit in the Washington region are $9,087 or $757 per month.
"As a long-time advocate for transit-oriented development, I am pleased that Governor O'Malley is making state resources available to establish transit communities," said Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards. "Encouraging economic development around our metro transit stations is smart growth that will preserve our environment and help build healthy communities where people can live, work, and play."
As part of today's announcement, Governor O'Malley outlined the vision for development around the Naylor Road Metro Station. Prince George's County, along with local citizens and organizations, has developed a vision for a safe, vibrant and attractive community adjacent to the Metro station. It is a place where people will feel comfortable walking along Branch Avenue and Naylor Road to and from offices, stores, restaurants and the Metro Station. The County has also identified this station area as a place where they want to attract federal offices and jobs.
To make the community's vision happen, improvements must be made to Branch Avenue and Naylor Road to calm the traffic and make the area a safer and more attractive place to walk and bike. As a first step toward reaching this goal, Governor O'Malley announced the state's initial investment in the development around the Naylor Road Metro Station TOD will be $800,000 in funds for station planning and for constructing new sidewalks and developing traffic calming strategies for Branch Avenue and Naylor Road, adjacent to the station. The intent of the project is to develop a concept for a "Complete Streets" environment that supports and encourages all modes of transportation, including bicycling, walking and transit.
From the Washington region to the Baltimore region, the benefits to each transit station TOD will vary by the specific needs of each project. A complete list of the 14 transit stations that have received the TOD designation is attached.
VIEW COMPLETE LIST OF DESIGNATED TRAIN STATIONS
VIEW MAP OF DESIGNATED STATIONS
VIEW RENDERING OF NEW NAYLOR ROAD METRO STATION